Free NBA Pick: Knicks vs Suns Lines
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(14-10) New York Knicks vs. Phoenix Suns (7-17)
Date: Tuesday December 13
Time: 9:00PM EST
Venue: Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Knicks -3.5
NBA Betting Total: 221.0
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The Knicks found themselves entering play on Monday evening in a tie for 3rd place in the Eastern Conference. They have used a favorable schedule and their team starting to gel to win 11 of their last 15 games.
The Suns have been trending the opposite direction – losing 11 of their last 15 but that has basically been the story of their 7-17 start to the season.
New York Knicks
The Knicks may not be the “Super Team” that Derrick Rose called them in the preseason but they are starting to pull things together.
The “Super Team” aspect of them that has been present is the capability of different guys stepping up each night.
Sometimes it has been Rose while Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis have also led the Knicks to victories with big games.
An obvious blemish for the Knicks early on was their bench but the bench has stepped up and started playing better.
Anthony and Porzingis are each averaging more than 20 points per game while Rose is averaging 17. Back spasms knocked Rose out for a couple of games but he returned Sunday against the Lakers and exploded for 25 points.
The Knicks early road struggles have dissipated a bit winning 4 straight road games after losing 6 of their first 7 games away from home.
The Knicks are tied for 11th in field goal percentage defense but are allowing tied for 8th worst in points allowed.
However, Phoenix gives up the 2nd most points per game in the NBA at 113 per game so the Knicks should be able to get their scorers going. The key will be for the bench to help keep the pace with a Phoenix bench that is 9th in the NBA in points per game while the Knicks are just 23rd.
However, the Knicks bench does have the 8th best defensive efficiency so they could be able to slow Phoenix’s bench down some.
Despite the load of talent in Phoenix’s backcourt, this season has gotten off to a disappointing start.
Three of their top four scorers are guards with TJ Warren being the fourth – who does play some guard but is primarily small forward.
However, the lack of contributions from their frontcourt and their poor defense has made this season miserable in Phoenix.
The Suns have lost 17 of their 24 games this season and have held just 3 opponents under 100 points.
It won’t matter if they get continued production from their backcourt and increased production from their frontcourt if the defense continues to perform that poorly.
That challenge could continue against a Knicks offense that has been rolling lately. The Knicks have a trio of great scorers in their starting five with Anthony, Rose, and Porzingis.
I expect the Suns to get down early to the Knicks starters and then be forced to rely on their bench to bring them back throughout the game.
The Suns are last in the NBA in assists per game and while the Knicks aren’t a great defense, they are solid enough that moving the ball against them will be a necessity. They have some very good rim protectors in Porzingis and center Joakim Noah.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 21-6 in New York’s last 27 games against the Western Conference
- Road team is 7-3-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings between New York and Phoenix
- Phoenix is 2-9 ATS in the their last 11 games against the Atlantic Division
- New York is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games against the Pacific Division
Free New York Knicks vs. Phoenix Suns NBA Prediction:
I like the Knicks to get out early and take a quick lead. Their road play has improved and they are really starting to gel on offense.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Knicks -3.5.
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NBA Free Score Prediction: New York 111 – Phoenix 99
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